Probiotics are living microorganisms that are considered a ‘good’ form of bacteria. When ingested they work by creating a more positive and healthy gut flora ratio in the digestive system.
Your gut microbiome can become unbalanced through poor dietary habits such as consuming too much processed, high trans fat and high sugar foods on a regular basis. This causes the digestive system to have an increased amount of ‘bad’ bacteria. Probiotics serve to bring the gut into a better balance of good to bad bacteria.
Benefits of probiotics include helping to alleviate many common digestive system issues such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irratable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, yeast infections, lactose intolerance, acid indigestion and urinary tract infections.
It is strongly recommended to take a prebiotic, which is a whole food dietary fiber in conjunction with probitics as they perform synergistically together.
Prebiotic fiber actually feeds the healthy probiotics in the gut to help them thrive in order to better establish the balance of good gut bacteria. Without a prebiotic the probiotic will not be able to create the benefits in the gut that are desired.